Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 13 Nov 2015
Total posts 13
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 435
You haven't noted what time of the year you're trying to book so it may be due to school holidays, seasonal demand, or even the US trade show/conference season. Also working against you in Virgin's small number of flights...
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 762
Doesn't virgin price reward tickets as one-way? So couldn't you just book separate one-way flights?
Member since 23 May 2012
Total posts 10
Try from Melbourne and Brisbane, then book a domestic flight separate. There are more seats open from those ports than from Sydney. But good luck - I gave up on this several years ago!
Member since 02 Dec 2016
Total posts 103
I've never seen VA business seats up for points. Never. If you want to use FF points for the US, then commit to Qantas. One option to try (am not sure if it's possible though) is to call their partner line and see if you can get seats on Delta.
I fly from BNE, and it's the same problem for us. Plus, there is now one less flight per week from BNE, so even less seats.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,097
If Delta seats are available, they'll show up online - but it's rare that they're released. I didn't believe they did until one randomly popped up one day when searching!Virgin Australia does have some reward availability to LAX, but it can also be rare as it's a popular route. If you're interested, we compared reward availability with Qantas and Virgin across a range of routes earlier this year (including to LAX): you can find our report here.
American Airlines - AAdvantage
Member since 15 Feb 2013
Total posts 18
I've managed to get them quite a few times the day before the flight. That's the only way that I've been able to redeem them.
Any time really, avoiding the obvious Christmas/Easter etc, but I was looking for any two week period over the year.
Yup but the one way price is not half the return price.... often more like 80%!
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